The Young Lawyers Section is dedicated to building relationships between young lawyers themselves as well as with senior lawyers and judges in the Fairfax area. Membership in the Young Lawyers Section allows attorneys to become acclimated to the practice of law in Fairfax, meet their new colleagues, and learn about the activities of the bar association. The YLS sponsors informative seminars relevant to the issues facing attorneys new to Fairfax practice, provides resources to help them establish roots in the legal community, and promotes collegiality through a variety of social gatherings. The YLS offers numerous opportunities to participate in activities to meet other lawyers and provide services for the community. Activities include monthly networking happy hours; interaction with the judiciary with a judicial breakfast/dinner; Newly Admitted Attorney Orientation; Fall Wine Tour; Lawyerpalooza; and a Toys for Tots Holiday Gift Drive.
Young Lawyer Section membership is automatic for any active attorney member in good standing with the Fairfax Bar Association who is under thirty-six (36) years of age OR who has been licensed to practice less than five (5) years. If you are not already a member, join now.
Young Lawyers Section Board of Directors
Ryan M. Witkowski
Laurie L. Proctor
Patrick K. Burns
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Brian P. Coleman
Alexander J. Conn
Nicholas V. Cumings
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Miriam R. Epstein
Brian M. Glass
Mary C. Huff
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Rae D. Mueller
Matthew C. Perushek
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Jonathan L. Phillips
Matthew A. Roberson
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Law Clerk Liaison
Trista J. Boyd
Events & Programs
Held monthly at varying locations, happy hours provide an opportunity to meet other young lawyers in a casual social setting.
Fall Wine Tour
Each year the Young Lawyers sponsor a wine tour of three Virginia wineries surrounded by beautiful fall foliage. The trip includes roundtrip transportation from Vienna Metro, lunch, a souvenir glass & three wine tastings.
Breakfast with the Judges
Presented annually, Breakfast with the Judges provides young lawyers the opportunity to enjoy interaction with judges in an informal, yet professional setting. The event objective is to encourage interaction between young lawyers and the judges before whom they appear, and to support the professional development of young lawyers.
The program consists of simultaneous roundtable discussions, preceded by a brief social reception at 8:00 AM. Pastries, coffee, and juice will be provided.
Dinner with the Judges
Dinner with the Judges is an informal gathering that promotes communication among the young lawyers and the judges. It also serves as an excellent opportunity to meet other attorneys and to network.
Newly Admitted Attorney Orientation
Take your first step toward a successful practice in Fairfax. This informative orientation program tailored to new lawyers addresses the administrative process of the Fairfax Circuit, General District and Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts, the role of an attorney as an advocate and officer of the Court, and Service of Process in Fairfax County. Additionally, attendees are given a tour of the Fairfax County Courthouse. Featured speakers include Judges from the 19th Judicial District and Circuit, representatives of all three Clerk’s offices, and the Fairfax County Sheriff. Attendees will receive the Fairfax County Circuit Court Policies and Procedures Handbook and the Administrative Procedures of the Fairfax County General District Court Handbook. These books contain filing procedures, fees, docket procedures, civil and criminal, land records information and many frequently used forms.
The program includes 2.0 MCLE Credits, and is followed by a happy hour at a nearby restaurant.
Toys for Tots Holiday Gift Drive
Young Lawyers Continue Their Tradition of Giving Back.
Members of the FBA’s Young Lawyers Section support Toys for Tots by sponsoring and hosting a holiday toy drive. In addition to promoting the campaign at Bar events throughout the holiday season, gifts were collected at numerous Fairfax law firms, as well as the FBA office. Dozens of new, unwrapped toys are collected for the cause.
Since 1995, the Young Lawyers Section has hosted “Lawyerpalooza” as an opportunity for members of the Northern Virginia legal community and their families to enjoy a casual fun-filled afternoon together. The event features an afternoon complete with backyard games, catered barbeque, music, and door prizes for all of the legal community to enjoy.
All net proceeds from Lawyerpalooza will benefit The Honorable David T. Stitt Scholarship Fund for George Mason School of Law.
If you are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Trista Boyd at email@example.com or (703) 246-2735.
December 9, 2014
YLS Happy Hour
5:30 - 8:30 PM
Sweet Water Tavern
Save the Date
April 12, 2015
Run for Justice 5K
June 7, 2015